The National Safety Council releases an annual Injury Facts report detailing safety statistics. Included is a comprehensive table of the odds of dying from a variety of causes.
The odds of dying are statistical averages over the whole U.S. population and do not necessarily reflect the chances of death for a particular person from a particular cause.
Earthquake and other Earth movements: 1 in 153,597.
Bitten or struck by dog: 1 in 119,998
Lightning: 1 in 81,701
Contact with hornets, wasps and bees: 1 in 62,950
Cataclysmic storm: 1 in 51,119
Exposure to electric current, radiation, temperature and pressure: 1 in 9,412
Firearms discharge: 1 in 5,981
Air and space transport accidents: 1 in 5,862
Pedal cycling accident: 1 in 4,147
Exposure to smoke, fire and flames: 1 in 1,235
Accidental drowning and submersion: 1 in 1,073
Motorcycle accident: 1 in 802
Pedestrian accident: 1 in 623
Assault by firearm: 1 in 300
Car occupant accident: 1 in 272
Falls: 1 in 184
Accidental poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances: 1 in 139
Intentional self-harm: 1 in 115
Motor vehicle accidents: 1 in 85
Stroke: 1 in 28
Cancer: 1 in 7
Heart disease: 1 in 6
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